Born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska, Matt earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing and management from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. While there, he was on the Dean’s List multiple times for academic excellence. After college, he spent ten years in the financial services industry at a national investment firm in Omaha; meanwhile, he started a family with his wife Liz, with whom he has five children.
But while he was successful in the financial field, Matt wanted a chance to have a bigger impact on people’s lives. With the support of his family, they all moved to Utah so he could enroll in law school at Brigham Young University.
At BYU Law, Matt distinguished himself in mock trials and oral advocacy. In every competition he entered, he finished a champion, finalist, or semifinalist. He excelled as a leader among his peers as well, serving as the president or vice president of numerous student organizations. He also was a teaching assistant for the first-year legal research and writing class. Outside of campus, Matt worked for two Utah judges, an injury firm, and a prosecutor’s office, gaining valuable insight from all of them.
After graduation, Matt went to work for a business litigation and intellectual property firm in Utah. His practice focused on complex commercial litigation, complex injury litigation, real property litigation, and business transactions. The highlight of his work in this area was when he led the firm’s representation of multiple Utah and Idaho counties against large opioid manufacturers and distributors for their role in the worsening opioid crisis. He had finally achieved what he dreamt of: making a significant impact in people’s lives.
Matt gained extensive experience in litigation, trial law, and how to lead a case to verdict or (when appropriate) settlement and mediation. At Arnold & Itkin, he utilizes that experience to handle complex injury cases for people facing the toughest times of their lives. He’s an unwavering advocate who fights to prevail on behalf of his clients—no matter what.
- University of Nebraska at Omaha
- J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University
- State Bar of Utah
- United States District Court, District of Utah
When he’s not working, Matt spends time with Liz and their children on road trips, snowboarding, and playing music. Matt is also adamant that the greatest snow on earth can be found in the mountains of Utah.